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Shark Attacks and Tourniquets

Shark Attacks and Tourniquets

August 16, 2018 0 Comments

Shark Attacks and Tourniquets

Let's get real about shark attacks.

Is the thought of a shark attack terrifying? Yes.

Is a shark attack likely? No.

Should you be prepared to stop the bleed if it occurs? Yes.

Contrary to popular belief Sharks account for only 6% of surf injuries. That means you have a 94% chance of being injured by another mechanism. While this is no excuse to behave stupidly, the statistics should help you put things into perspective. Other water safety statistics you should know are:

  • Most common cause of surf injuries: Surfboard 45.2%
  • Most common surf injury: Laceration 46.4%
  • Most common injury location: Lower Limb 45.8% (NSSIA, 2018).
  • Improvised Tourniquet Failure Rate: 75% - 84% (FCP, 2018).
  • In the first clinical study of shark attack victims Ballas et al, 2017, determined survival from a shark attack was how fast a pre-hospital tourniquet could be applied.
  • You can bleed to death in as little as 3 minutes, and develop hypovolemic shock and unconsciousness in a matter of seconds before you make it back to shore. 
  • The water is a much different environment, always use a maritime tourniquet. We recommend the Marine Tourniquet™ by OMNA.